2013-2014 Faculty Teaching Exemplars

Critical Thinking Skills for College Students – The 2013-14 Faculty Learning Community for Part-time Faculty

The 2013-14 PT-FLC continues the tradition at the Delphi Center of offering faculty development programs specifically designed to meet the needs of part-time faculty. The theme for the 2013-14 PT-FLC arose from the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan, which focuses on improving the critical thinking skills of our undergraduate students. This learning community focused on techniques and teaching strategies that faculty can use to promote and improve critical thinking skills of students.

Participants of the PT-FLC developed or revised assignments to more fully weave critical thinking into their courses, learned and applied the principles of collecting and analyzing formative feedback and student impact data for teaching improvement, and supported each other in a reflective professional development setting. Faculty also completed a peer classroom observation.

Participants who completed the FLC said the following:

"I’ve participated in several PT-FLCs over the past few years, and I always come away from them with new ideas for ways to improve my teaching and to make my classes more interesting. It keeps my classes from becoming stale and hopefully makes them more valuable for students."

—Richard Slawsky


"We gained exposure to the Paul-Elder model of critical thinking and had many opportunities to utilize the skills we learned by revising and developing assignments for our classes. It was invigorating to be in a room with other university instructors from varied disciplines and hear their perspectives and experiences. "

—Tina Marie Johnson

Social Work

2013-14 PT-FLC Cohort Members

Name School Course
Robert Hausladen Business, Marketing MKT 360: Business to Business Marketing
Judy Heitzman Kent School SW 677: Adv. Social Work Practice III
Tina Marie Johnson Kent School SW 605: Social Work Practice II
Rose Mills A&S, English ENG 102: Intermediate College Writing
Richard Slawsky A&S, Communication COMM 112: Business and Professional Speaking
Mary Jo Wimsatt Education EDTP 301: General Methods

About Faculty Learning Communities (FLC)

According to Milton D. Cox, a faculty learning community is a group of cross-disciplinary faculty members who come together to work on teaching and learning topics. Members of an FLC participate in activities grounded in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, which further the FLC curriculum, foster learning and professional development, and build community. FLC cohort groups average 8-12 members.

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